Barbados’ women dished out a 10-1 drubbing to Guatemala yesterday as the Central American and Caribbean Games continued in Barranquilla, Colombia.
On a decider day for most of the CAC women’s teams, Barbados came into the match in control of their destiny, needing a win over Guatemala to put pressure on Jamaica to beat table-toppers Trinidad & Tobago.
Barbados got the perfect start, needing only 17 seconds to steal the ball from the Guatemala midfield and hand it over to captain Ayanna Wilson for a goal. Barbados took complete control of the game, but Guatemala slowly started to find their way. Guatemala eventually created a circle entry and put the Barbados team under pressure, but it did not last long. Barbados regained control to score three more goals before the first quarter ended with the score at 4 – 0 to Barbados, with contributions from Keisha Boyce in the 8th minute and a brace from Kimberley Rock in the 11th and 14th minutes.
Barbados continued to dominate the game, but the Guatemala defence was up to the task. Despite earning multiple penalty corners, Barbados were unable to score. Then in the 27th minute Guatemala got a counterattack on the right and the cross was scored by Desideria Bernardo. The goal pushed Barbados to respond and they finished the quarter strongly, scoring two penalty corners of their own, from Nakisha Downes in the 29th and Kyrsten Mayers in the 30th.
Barbados continued their dominance in the third quarter, pressing high and attacking the Guatemala circle continuously. Guatemala were tenacious in their defending and they kept their opponents out throughout. Barbados scored their first penalty corner of the quarter through a strike from D’Jamila Edwards in the 34th, but could not add another before the end of the third.
Barbados resumed the fourth with two penalty corner goals, this time through Tammisha Small in the 46th minute and Boyce again in the 49th, before settling into the familiar pattern of play in the Guatemala defensive quarter. Guatemala did manage a couple attacks, but were unable to convert.
The Bajans kept coming and they eventually reached double figures from yet another penalty corner goal just before the end, with captain and opening goal scorer Wilson netting her second in the 59th. Barbados pushed for one more goal, but Guatemala were able to put the ball in the Barbados half until the final horn sounded.
Results from other women’s matches saw the Bajans qualifying for the CAC Games semi-finals, finishing second in Pool B. They will go on to face Pool A winners, Mexico, tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. Barbados time, while Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago will contest the other semi-final.
The Barbados Men, who are currently leading Pool A, have their final pool match tomorrow at 5 p.m. Barbados time against Cuba, in a must-win match for both teams to determine semi-final qualification, in a wide-open pool where potentially three teams have a real chance at qualification – Trinidad & Tobago being the third team.
On Monday, Barbados’ Men defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in their second match of the games.
Trinidad & Tobago started the game the stronger of the teams using the long pass to force Barbados deep. Trinidad & Tobago earned a series of penalty corners early, the last of which was scored by Tariq Marcano in the 6th minute. Trinidad & Tobago continued to control the game at this stage, but could not convert any more chances and ended the first quarter with the 1 – 0 lead.
The second quarter again saw Trinidad & Tobago control the run of play, using the long pass effectively, hitting many hard crosses into the Barbados circle, which made it difficult for their forwards to get on to the bouncing ball, which was lifting unpredictably off of the field. Barbados, however, kept their intensity up and forced a circle penetration of their own that ended with them earning a penalty stroke. Barbados’ Che Warner stepped up for the penalty and sent the Trinidad & Tobago custodian the wrong way to equalise in the 25th minute and round out the half at 1 – 1.
Barbados started getting room to counterattack down the right wing. From one of these attacks came a delicious cross that Akeem Rudder slapped home to give Barbados the lead in the 32nd. Minutes later another right side attack almost led to a third goal, but Mario Moore failed to connect the cross from Kris Holder and the Trinidad & Tobago defence was able to clear. Both teams continued to attack each other at a very high tempo, as both teams were going hard for the win.
This led to more midfield play and the Trinidad & Tobago team gradually started to get more play in the Barbados half. Trinidad & Tobago managed to earn many penalty corners but struggled to get shots off against strong Barbados defending. Barbados nearly caught their opponents on the counterattack, but Trinidad & Tobago custodian Andrey Rocke kept them out.
Earlier in the week, Barbados’ women lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1.